Article written by James Carroll for the Courier-Journal and USA Today. Find the original story here.
WASHINGTON — Evidence of the recent use of chlorine gas against people in Syria raises questions about whether its regime is fully complying with an international chemical weapons agreement, according to an expert helping to monitor the situation.
While Syria did not have to declare its chlorine under the chemical weapons treaty Syria signed, in part because of its many home and industrial uses, its use as a weapon is barred.
Chlorine is an irritant that can react with moisture in the lungs to produce hydrochloric acid. Though its effects are less harmful than the sarin nerve gas that Syria gave up, exposure can be fatal.
"I am very concerned that they still maintain some of that material and it has been used on civilian populations," said Director Craig Williams of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons Project, a citizens' watchdog group based in Berea, Ky.
Article published by the Goldman Staff for the Goldman Prize. Find the original story here.
2006 Goldman Prize winner Craig Williams has dedicated his life to the safe disposal of the United States’ chemical weapons stockpiles.
As a member of the Kentucky Governor’s Commission on Chemical Weapons, and as a central figure in the fight to eradicate chemical weapons, Williams has attended two sessions of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body overseeing global chemical weapon elimination efforts at The Hague in the Netherlands.
We reached out to Williams to get his take on the recent decision to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea. Read below for his take on the issue:
Article published by WBKO, find it the original article here.
A longtime citizen activist who has helped usher a plan for destroying the chemical weapons stored in Kentucky is in Europe this week to help explore solutions to Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
Craig Williams, director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons Project, was invited to join a delegation in The Hague, Netherlands. The group will be advising the international community on what to do about Syria's weapons.
All the recent news on Syria's chemical weapons has resulted in renewed interest in the U.S. chemical weapons disposal program. KEF's Chemical Weapons Project Director Craig Williams has been highlighted in several print, TV and radio media including in the New York Times, Louisville's WAVE TV, and local newspapers all over the country.
As the world focuses on the use of chemical weapons against the people of Syria, WKU-PBS viewers will learn more about this type of weapon as Craig Williams, The Project Director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation joins WKU-PBS for Kentucky Outlook.
Article by Greg Kocher for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find it here.
The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria thrusts the international spotlight onto the same deadly "nerve agents" stored at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County.
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